Serve Ping Pong Lounge

Situated in the busy area of King Street East, Serve Ping Pong is a space with 10,000 sq. ft. of entertainment and good eats. What once used to be the Hamilton Spectator Building, they have transformed the desolate space into a modern lounge fully equipped with brand spanking new ping pong tables, an eating area, a private room, and a beautiful bar. The hardwood floors, wooden pillars, decorative ceilings, and brick walls transport you back to simpler times. Once you step in, you’d be amazed at the amount of open space. It’s perfect for large parties and functions, plus it’s at a convenient location. The space is divided into dine/play and dine/drink. If you’re not interested in the intense sport of table tennis, their menu is worth checking out. Instead of going to the usual route and serving typical lounge and bar snacks, they’ve stepped it up with some creative effort!Read More »

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Knead Pizza

Knead Pizza

The are many restaurants and coffee shops opening up on James Street North this year and one of them is Knead Pizza! You might have heard or seen them during the Supercrawl weekend where they tested out some flavours. The restaurant is take-out or dine-in, seating about 30 people. There is a chalkboard menu for dining-in and a service bar if you decide on take-out. The atmosphere and decor is pretty casual with brick walls and simple decor. The kitchen is slightly open where you can take a peak behind the scenes.

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Nabil’s Middle East Fast Food

Nabil’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant at the corner of Wilson Street and James Street North, diagonally across from Jackson Square. They are a dine-in and take-out restaurant serving a variety of Mediterranean food. If you’re looking to veer away from the chain restaurants and food court pita/shwarma options, then Nabil’s is a great place to start. They have hummus, fresh salads, shish kebab, and meat platters. Their meals are well balanced with proteins and vegetables to keep you healthy and energized for work and play! I don’t know how they make money because their homemade food is so insanely cheap, their portion sizes are ridiculously generous too!

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ACE Bakery

I was introduced to ACE Bakery Mini Crisps at the Toronto FOOD & WINE Festival a couple weeks ago. ACE Bakery was their official bread sponsor and they were making all kinds of noise! Giveaways, tastings, and chitter chatter everywhere. I’ve always loved their products, especially their focaccia and ciabatta. As we were leaving the festival, we were given these mini crisps! The flavours looked delicious and it didn’t take long for me to bust them open.Read More »

Bronzies

This little Italian restaurant is tucked away on James Street South and is really easy to miss. I’ve driven by that area a bajillion times since I was a kid and I’ve never noticed the restaurant – it’s pretty much a hidden gem. Inside, seating is very limited with a few stools at the bar. The walls are painted red like tomato sauce. Decor is dated but it has a homey feel. Once you step in the door, you’re hit with the aroma of delicious pasta and pizza. If you scan the tables, you’ll find huge bowls overflowing with pasta, raised dishes of freshly baked pizza, baskets of chicken wings, and drinking glasses (if there’s room).Read More »